Sound Design Researching

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Sound Design Researching

This week I sat down with sound effect editor, Brad, to get some helpful insight on a key aspect of being a sound editor… RESEARCH! This side of being an editor is often neglected. Editors often think that they can just figure it out with the library they have, but that is not always the case. Check out some examples and helpful tips below!

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The Basics of Vehicle Sound Editorial

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The Basics of Vehicle Sound Editorial

One of the most challenging sequences a sound editor can face is a car chase. Vehicles are tough. Even the most experienced designer can hit a wall when trying to make them work. This is by no means a complete guide, however, this primer should prove helpful for those looking to dip their toes into the wild world of vehicle sound editorial.

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Electric Science Project Fail

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Electric Science Project Fail

This week, I got some insight on a cool build that our sound effects editor, Natalia, made. Natalia is one of our newer editors (blog post to come about her) who we are lucky to have! The build is for a science project that failed. Check it out below!

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How To Search a Library

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How To Search a Library

This week I sat down with our supervising sound editor, Tess, to talk about an important topic she feels all sound editors could use a refresher about or learn about for the first time. What do you do if your sound library doesn’t have a specific sound you are looking for? Where do you start? Let’s dive right in!

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Boom Box Post Intern Spotlight: Jessie Brewer and Tim Vindigni

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Boom Box Post Intern Spotlight: Jessie Brewer and Tim Vindigni

A COLLABORATIVE POST BY SAM BUSEKRUS

 ASSISTANT EDITOR, BOOM BOX POST

This summer, we have had some AMAZING interns. I thought it was about time that you got to know them a little bit!

Jessie Brewer

WHAT GRABBED YOUR INTEREST IN SOUND FOR TELEVISION & FILM?

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What really drew me in initially was the creativity and seemingly endless possibilities in sound design. In school, my degree focused primarily on studio recording and mixing for music. I still love working with music, but it’s not very often you get to record yourself ripping apart vegetables or stomping around in corn starch. I also love the impact sound can have on a show - even the most subtle sounds can change the way you experience a story.

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR FAVORITE PART ABOUT THE INTERNSHIP?

My favorite part about the internship has probably been shadowing the editors. It’s been really interesting to observe the differences between how each person works and learn about why they choose the sounds they do.

WHAT'S THE CRAZIEST OR FAVORITE SOUND YOU HAVE EVER HEARD?

That’s a hard question! I don’t know if I have a favorite, but I’m a big fan of the sounds you can make with aluminum foil.

WHAT IS YOUR GO TO TV SHOW TO BINGE WATCH?

The most recent show I binge watched was definitely Stranger Things. I love the new season!

Tim Vindigni

WHAT GRABBED YOUR INTEREST IN SOUND FOR TELEVISION & FILM?

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I feel like I should have realized my passion for sound back in high school. I was in a film class and decided to make a horror short. My whole reason for choosing to make a horror film was because I wanted use all those crazy sound effects you hear in scary movies and trailers. However, it wasn’t until my freshman year of college that I realized I wanted to pursue sound. A friend and I were discussing our favorite professors and she mentioned her intro to sound class. I took the class for the professor but ended up falling in love with sound editing. Thanks Professor Fausak!

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR FAVORITE PART ABOUT THE INTERNSHIP?

The sound effects project has been my favorite part by far. Not only was it a fun clip to edit, but I learned a lot from that project in general.

Similarly, the final projects have been a highlight as well.

WHAT'S THE CRAZIEST OR FAVORITE SOUND YOU HAVE EVER HEARD?

My favorite sound? Definitely anything magical! Maybe the wands in Harry Potter? There’s something so simple and satisfying about the sound they make. I wish I could wave a wooden stick in real life and get the same effect.

WHAT IS YOUR GO TO TV SHOW TO BINGE WATCH?

I don’t have cable anymore so I don’t really watch a lot of TV but I used to dvr every single episode of The Simpsons. New episodes and repeats! I would watch it every single day after school. My parents hated it.

A friendly reminder that our internship program runs year round and you can apply for it here.

Let us know your favorite sound in the comments section below!

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How To Clone a Computer

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How To Clone a Computer

Keeping a clone of a computer is important in case you have system/computer fails of any sort. Lets say you want to update your Protools but not your OS, you can revert back to what you were using before if you have a clone! Having a clone can save you a ton of time by not having to install applications individually and can be used immediately. This week, I sat down with assistant editor, Ian, to get a step by step guide on how to make a clone!

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Tips For Selling Over the Top Sound

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Tips For Selling Over the Top Sound

Working in animation leaves a lot of room to be creative and see/hear things that you wouldn’t in real life scenario. This week I sat down with sound effects editor, Brad, to see just how he sells a big moment/scene!

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The Art of Teaching Sound

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The Art of Teaching Sound

I have been fortunate enough in my career to be able to impart everything that I have learned thus far (you never stop learning) onto the next generation of sound designers and sound effects editors. I have found that, in teaching sound and teaching how to create sound for TV and Film, that you kind of transcend to another level in your understanding of how to create sound for the visual image. However, by no means is it simple. I’d be lying if I told you that it is. A lot of energy goes into planning and executing a successful audio class. But have no fear! It can be done. Here are three main ideas to keep in mind when you’re about to embark on your academic pursuits:

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Building a Popcorn Tsunami!!!!

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Building a Popcorn Tsunami!!!!

This week I sat down with our sound effects editor, Katie, to tune in on a really cool popcorn build that she created. Basically what she needed to create were big popcorn waves aka a tsunami.. but with popcorn!

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Best Free Apps To Use For Audio

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Best Free Apps To Use For Audio

I went around the office and asked everyone what their go to free app for IOS was and got some really cool recommendations. I hope that you find these useful if you’re on the go or need something quick and easy!

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